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Capital loss and capital gains

 I have a short term capital loss of approximately $8000 for 2016.. I just sold a position and had a short term capital gain of approx $4000. Will the loss be applied to the gain?.. I have read somewhere that the maximum loss that can be applied in any one year is $3000 and this seems insane.  I know that anything not claimed this year will be carried over to subsequent years

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Capital loss and capital gains

The maximum loss that can be applied is $3,000 and the balance is carried over to future years.  However, the maximum loss is the net capital loss.  In your case, that would be $8,000 - $4,000, or a $4,000 net loss.  $3,000 would be deductible in 2016 and the balance next year.

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